A leading voice for feminist theological scholarship and a hospitable hub for engagement with feminist approaches within Australia and the region.
The Australian Collaborators in Feminist Theologies network aims to consolidate and energise the University’s commitment to the participation of women and feminist scholars in the academy and the wider church. By fostering and forwarding feminist voice and vision we aim to promote Gospel justice by addressing issues relating to gender equality, class, race, sexuality, and ability.
The network is supported by the University of Divinity, Melbourne, Australia, under its Strategic Goal 3: Feminist Theologies:
To be a centre of excellence in feminist theological scholarship and in mentoring academics so as to challenge and transform patriarchal structures and assumptions in the academy, church, and wider world.
Dr Rebekah Pryor on God Forbid podcast | The lifespan in modern Australia — Births and birthing
Earlier this month, Dr Rebekah Pryor, member of the Australian Collaborators in Feminist Theologies, joined other experts on the ABC podcast God Forbid. The episode was the first in a series on the lifespan of modern Australia, and focused on birth and birthing.
Contemporary Feminist Theologies: Book Launch
The editors and contributors of “Contemporary Feminist Theologies: Power, Authority, Love” join the Australian Collaborators in Feminist Theologies to share thoughts on the challenges of comprehending the relations between power, authority and love, and the ways this informs the past and future work of feminist scholarship.
Browse publications from members of the Australia Collaborators in Feminist Theologies network.
We have been privileged to host some truly inspiring speakers at our events.
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Watch and engage with recordings from previous events.
Study feminist theology units
A variety of units in feminist theologies are available at the University.
In 2014, there was an initial meeting with representation from University’s colleges (Whitley College, Trinity College Theological School, Jesuit Theological College, Pilgrim Theological College, Stirling College, and Catholic Theological College) to assess the interest in formal, feminist, theological engagement within the context of the University of Divinity. In 2016, members informally organised guest lectures from Sarah Coakley and Gene Robinson when they were visiting Melbourne. During this time there were regular meetings of interested parties.
The decision was made early on to call this group “Australian Collaborators in Feminist Theologies” to establish that there was a wide variety of disciplines, perspectives, denominations, and theological practices present. Collaboration has been a fundamental mode of operation that reflects feminist ideals.
We are an ecumenical, scholarly group that has formed partnerships across University of Divinity colleges and into other networks around Australia.
Meet the Convening Committee
Associate Professor Katharine Massam
Convener of the Network and Convener for Working Group on Mentoring
Dr Cath McKinney
Convener Elect and Convener for working Group on Events
Rev Professor Stephen Burns
Convener for Working Group on Research and Partnerships
Ms Talitha Fraser
Dr Brian Macallan
Dr Claire Renkin
Rev Associate Professor Monica Jyotsna Melanchthon
Dr Janice McRandal
- Professor Katharine MassamCoordinator of Studies in History
Pilgrim Theological CollegeDr Cathryn McKinneyLecturer in Practical Theology and Director, Professional Supervision
University of DivinityProfessor Stephen BurnsCoordinator of Ministry Studies / Professor of Liturgical and Practical Theology
Pilgrim Theological CollegeTalitha FraserAdministrator of the Australian Collaborators in Feminist Theologies network
University of DivinityDr Brian Claude MacallanAssociate Head of Bible, Theology and Ministry
Stirling CollegeDr Claire RenkinHead of Department
Yarra Theological UnionReverend Associate Professor Monica Jyotsna MelanchthonAssociate Professor, Old Testament/Hebrew Bible
Pilgrim Theological CollegeDr Janice McRandalHonorary Research Associate
Pilgrim Theological College
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